GOP senator: Trump is ‘the only one in the government’ not paying attention to Russian threat to midterms

GOP senator: Trump is ‘the only one in the government’ not paying attention to Russian threat to midterms
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE is the only figure in the U.S. government not paying attention to the threat posed by Russia in this year's midterm elections, according to Sen. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Outdated global postal system hurts US manufacturers Tech mobilizes to boost election security MORE (R-Okla.).

The Intelligence Committee member made the remarks in a joint interview with Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharSenate Democrats increase pressure for FBI investigation of Kavanaugh Election Countdown: Trump confident about midterms in Hill.TV interview | Kavanaugh controversy tests candidates | Sanders, Warren ponder if both can run | Super PACs spending big | Two states open general election voting Friday | Latest Senate polls GOP in striking distance to retake Franken seat MORE (D-Minn.) to CNN in which the two detailed how the rest of the government is taking actions to try to protect the elections — despite what Lankford said were inconsistent messages in Trump tweets.

"The intelligence community has been very active on this, the Department of Homeland Security has been active on this," he told CNN. "While the president has been inconsistent in his tweets, and some of the messaging that he's put on it, he's the only one in the government that hasn't been paying attention to this."

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Lankford said Trump administration has made it clear that it understands the threat posed by Russia, regardless of the president's tweets. 
 
"Director [of National Intelligence](Dan) Coats made it clear that Russia has been emboldened and they're getting bolder," Klobuchar added. 
 
Lankford and Klobuchar have offered legislation aimed at shoring up the nation's election system. The Secure Elections Act, which is cosponsored by 10 senators in addition to Lankford and Klobuchar, is intended to strengthen state and federal reactions to cybersecurity and other threats posed in the elections. 
 
Lankford said that he'd be "shocked if there's a senator that hasn't been targeted" by Russia in this election cycle. When asked about the The Daily Beast report that revealed Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskill'Kavanaugh' chants erupt at Trump rally in Missouri The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh, accuser say they’re prepared to testify Drug companies will love Trump's plan to get rid of drug rebates — the consumers will hate it MORE (D-Mo.) had been targeted by Russian hackers, he said it's "pretty regular thing around here."
 
The Senate rejected an effort on Wednesday by Democrats to provide states with $250 million in grants to secure their election systems. Senators voted 50-47 against adding an amendment from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) that would have provided the funding. Sixty votes were needed to include the proposal in the appropriations legislation under Senate rules. 
 
Lankford  also criticized Trump's actions during his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying that the president missed an opportunity to tell Putin that Russian interference in elections is "not acceptable anywhere in the world.